UM-Dearborn establishes professorship in honor of Prof. Richard Czarnecki

January 30, 2006


DEARBORN / Jan. 30, 2006---An endowed "collegiate professorship" at the University of Michigan-Dearborn School of Management will honor Professor Emeritus Richard Czarnecki and support the legacy of teaching excellence that he exemplified, according to Dean Bruce Bublitz.

Czarnecki, who was professor of accounting and finance at UM-Dearborn for 30 years, retired in 1997. He lives in Dearborn Heights with his wife, Dolores.

"Dick Czarnecki has been beloved and respected by three decades of UM-Dearborn students," Bublitz said. "Not only have his former students achieved great success, they have upheld the core values he instilled in them, namely the idea of public service and trust."

The collegiate professorship was established through contributions to an endowment fund that has raised more than $500,000 in gifts from individuals, corporations and foundations. The U-M Regents approved the naming of the professorship at their meeting on Jan. 20.

In addition to his teaching and service on campus, Czarnecki has been enormously influential in the accounting profession in Michigan and at the national level. He was appointed to the Michigan Board of Accountancy by both Democrat and Republican governors, and he served four years on the board of directors of the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy.

In Michigan, Czarnecki received the Educator of the Year Award from the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants an unprecedented four times, and received the Lifetime Achievement in Accounting Education Award from the group in 1997.

Eleven of his former students received national or state honors for their CPA exam scores, including several who received the Paton Award, given to the person with the highest score on the exam in Michigan.

"This professorship is a tribute to a distinguished educator and administrator who has been an inspiration to students and faculty throughout his long career," Bublitz said.



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